Aviakor seeks continued support for An-140 line

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Russian airframer Aviakor believes there is a medium-term domestic requirement for over 100 aircraft the size of the Antonov An-140, and is to support a recommendation for continued production.

Siberian carrier Yakutia is the only Russian operator of the type, with four, but industrial conglomerate Russian Machines - which controls Aviakor - says the local Sakha republic needs 30 over the next five years.

The demand estimates were given during a conference involving representatives of the government and the aerospace industry, including Antonov and engine specialists Motor-Sich and Ivchenko-Progress.

Aviakor says the Russian market needs 102 aircraft in the An-140's class to 2020, and adds that further production would require opening additional maintenance centres, creating a pool of spares, and providing additional simulation facilities.

Yakutia and Aviakor have agreed to enhance after-sales support for the airline's An-140s. Russian Machines adds that the two sides will "develop a plan to improve the flight characteristics of the aircraft".

It says the conference participants are to recommend that Russia's trade and industry ministry supports continued production of the An-140 at a rate of "no fewer" than 10 aircraft per year to meet eastern regional transport demand over 2013-18.